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The Politics of War and Rememberance: Stony Brook, May 13, 2003

Published May 13, 2003

Public lecture “With Liberty and Justice For All: The Politics of War and Remembrance” at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University. One of eight lectures featuring Noam Chomsky in the spring 2003. Time stamps based on original source tapes.

Audio/Visual sound, color


Segment 1:
Journalist Helen Zia speaks on “Gangsters, Gooks, Geishas, and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night” talks about the "evil" of being a dissenter in today's political climate, asks what it would take for Asian Americans and other marginalized groups to be represented in the media as human, civil rights and South and East Asian Americans, the Wen Ho Lee case, racial profiling of Asian Americans and the "axis of evil" and "China anxiety," and the subjective notion of "evil." She talks of the need to challenge sanitized master narratives to share stories that are missing in history.

00:00 - 00:16 Gary Mar, Associate Professor at SUNY at Stony Brook in the Philosophy Department. He welcomes everyone, and introduces Kelly Oliver.
00:23 - 02:46 Kelly Oliver, chair of the Philosophy department. She thanked a few people for organizing the event, and introduces Stony Brook University President, Shirley Strum Kenney.
02:56 - 06:23 Shirley Strum Kenney, university president, introduces panel: Helen Zia, Gary Okihiro, Loni Ding, and Noam Chomsky
06:34-06:37 : Gary Mar introduces Lisa Dietrich from the women's studies department
06:38-09:30 : Lisa Dietrich introduces journalist and activist Helen Zia
09:33-46:29: Helen Zia speaks.
46:30 - 47:36 Gary Mar introduces Lisa Yun, director of Asian-American program at SUNY Binghamton

Segment 2: Lisa Yun, English professor and director of Asian-American program at SUNY Binghamton, introduces and speaks for documentary filmmaker Loni Ding, who was too ill to attend. Ding’s work covers internment of Japanese Americans, their military service during World War II, and their fight for civil rights.

John (Jack) Kuo Wei Tchen, director of New York University’s Asian/ Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute, introduces Gary Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, where he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Okihiro’s speech is ‘Remembering Vietnam’, a personal remembrance and social examination of the Vietman war and American imperialism and neo-colonialism.

00:00 - 07:09 Lisa Yen speaks for Loni Ding
07:19 - 23:45 Clips from Ding’s films ‘The Color of Honor’ and ‘Nisei Soldier’
23:55 - 25:59 Yen offers closing remarks from Ding
26:05 - 26:36 Gary Mar introduces John (Jack) Kuo Wei Tchen
26:44 - 31:10 Tchen introduces Okihiro
31:19 - 52:49 Okihiro speaks

Segment 3: Peter Ludlow, professor of philosophy and linguistics at the University of Michigan, introduces Chomsky, who speaks about the ‘axis of evil’, North Korea, and overall US - Asian relations from WWII to the present.

00:00 - 05:00 Ludlow introduces Chomsky
05:13 - 48:09 Chomsky speaks
48:20 - 48:40 Mar asks for questions from the audience
49:43 - 58:07 Chomsky answers a question


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